Beef Plan

  • Beef slaughtering operations remain suspended at major meat plants this evening, ahead of talks tomorrow aimed at resolving the ongoing dispute with farmers.

    Meat Industry Ireland, which pulled out of planned discussions last Monday, says it WILL attend the meeting at the Department of Agriculture in Dublin.

    Minister Michael Creed is appealing to all sides to enter the talks in good faith, claiming now is the time for people to take a step back from entrenched positions.

    The row over beef prices has seen production stopped at many factories due to blockades by farmers.

  • The Dáil should be recalled over the ongoing farming dispute, according to a Beef Plan representative.

    Farmers continue to protest outside some meat factories - but they've been temporarily suspended at two plants in the southeast to allow Chinese inspectors to visit them.

    Some factories are taking legal action against protesters, with Dawn Meats returning to the High Court today.

    Beef Plan's David Whelehan wants the Agriculture Minister to hold another round of talks to try to resolve the dispute.

  • Beef farmers are warning they'll restart their protests immediately if no progress is made in talks on Monday.

    Last night, the Beef Plan Movement called off their pickets outside meat factories - including Dawn meats in Ballyhaunis - after 12 days of protests.

    Meat Industry Ireland also agreed to suspend legal action it was threatening against the Beef Plan protesters.

    Talks will now be held on Monday to try to resolve the dispute, which is over animal prices.

    The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says Monday's meeting will involve both Meat Industry Ireland and the Beef Plan movement, as well as representatives from the farm organisations and the Dept of Agriculture and its agencies.

    The Minster will appoint an Independent Chairperson to preside over an agreed agenda.

  • It's day 9 of the protest action by beef farmers outside a number of meat factories across the country.

    Yesterday evening, up to 200 members of the Beef Plan Movement took part in the ongoing action outside the Dawn Meats plant in Ballyhaunis, with a large number of farmers taking up position outside the gates again today - despite the inclement weather.

    Collapsing beef prices, and the poor margin the farmer is getting for their animals are among the main reasons for the protest action.

    Meanwhile, Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says farmers picketing at the gates of the meat plants have the support of the general public and the factory workers.

    Deputy Chambers joined farmers on the protest line outside Dawn Meats yesterday.

    She told Midwest News that farmers have been backed into this position after exhausting all other avenues open to them, as their income is collapsing.



  • The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed was in Ballaghadereen this afternoon, for the official opening of a new spray dryer facility at the Aurivo Dairy Ingredients plant.

    The new dryer is a significant element in Aurivo's €48 million capital investment programme, to boost its Dairy Ingredients capacity by 55%, producing over 60,000 tonnes of milk powder for international markets and 15,000 tonnes of butter annually.

    Aurivo Co-Op now employs about 680 people, including over 150 in Ballaghadereen.

    The new spray dryer facility involved 150 construction workers working 7 days per week since last October to complete the project on time and within budget.

    Members of the Beef Plan movement staged a protest outside the Aurivo plant ahead of the Minister's arrival, to outline concerns mainly in relation to the prices farmers are getting for beef, and the challenges facing suckler farmers.



  • More than 1,000 farmers will protest outside the Dáil today against the Mercosur deal.

    Bus loads of farmers are travelling from across the West for today's protest.

    The deal would see up to 99-thousand tonnes of beef enter the EU from South America every year - leading to concerns about its impact on Ireland's beef sector.

    In the Dáil today, Sinn Féin will call for the deal to be rejected while the Beef Plan group will protest outside. 

    The organisation's David Whelehan says the trade agreement would be a disaster for beef farmers and for rural Ireland.

  • The Beef Plan movement is holding an information meeting in Roscommon Town tonight in relation to the new Irish Beef Producers group.

    Following on from the recent protests outside meat factories, the producers organisation has been set up recently to negotiate cattle prices on members' behalf with local management at the meat processing plants.

    Tonight's meeting gets underway at 8.30 in the Hyde Centre in Roscommon Town, and will provide information on the new producers group and how to sign up as a member.

  • As protests continue outside a number of meat factories across the country, including Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis, a Mayo Senator has reiterated her call for the Beef Forum to be reconvened.

    It's Day 10 of protests by the Beef Plan Movement, who are mounting pickets outside up to 20 factories, in an attempt get better prices for their beef.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says serious talks need to take place between farmers, meat processors and the multiple retailers, and she believes the Beef Forum is the ideal place for such dialogue, as it would also involve the Agriculture Minister, Department officials, Bord Bia and other stakeholders.

    Senator Mulherin says the lines of communication need to be reopened between the stakeholders involved to try and address the issues around pricing....

  • The organisation representing meat factories says it's extremely disappointed that efforts by the Agriculture Minister to bring together all the beef sector stakeholders was rejected last night by the Beef Plan, who refused to participate.

    Meat Industry Ireland says the protest has led to the closure of 14 meat plants nationally, while many others are operating well below capacity.

    Some companies have been forced to lay off employees, with more expected to be laid off in the coming days as operations grind to a halt.

    The industry says the protests at meat factories has increased the risk of businesses losing cstomers that they had supplied over the past 20 years, as continuity of supply is key to maintaining customers in a very competitive market.

    In a statement to Midwest News, Meat Industry Ireland says that, because of the Beef Plan protests and following its refusal to enter talks brokered by the Minister, businesses have - as a last resort - been left with no choice other than to seek legal remedy.


  • More talks are to take place next Monday to try to resolve the beef farming dispute.

    Earlier this week, discussions were had between farming organisations, Beef Plan and government agencies, and it has now been decided to continue negotiations next week.

    The row is over the prices farmers are getting for their animals at meat factories.